02x07 - State v. Queen

My name is Oliver Queen. After five years on a hellish island, I have come home with only one goal-- to save my city. But to do so, I can't be the killer I once was. To honor my friend's memory, I must be someone else. I must be something else.

Previously on "Arrow"...

This one's no longer of use to us.

Sara: Wait. He could still be useful.

She's right. Once we get rid of his friends, we'll need him to lead us to the grave.

You're going back to the island.

Look, you already lost your dad.

Your mom, she's still here. And I'm sure she'd love to see you.

I'm not going to that prison.

It's the only way I know how to hurt her.

And I want to hate you.

But I can't.

I didn't think that there were secrets kept between us.

Mom...what are you hiding?

My name is Moira Dearden Queen.

I am the acting CEO of Queen Consolidated.

And, God forgive me, I have failed this city.

I have been complicit in an undertaking with one horrible purpose-- to destroy the Glades and everyone in it.

If you reside in the Glades, please, you need to get out now.

Your lives and the lives of your children depend on it.

Please.

Warden says we got to evacuate.

Help me get these out of here.

What about the inmates?

Leave 'em.

[Distant rumbling]

[Rumbling, ceiling cracking]

[Alarm sounding]

[Inmates yelling]

Huh?

Hmm.

Ahh.

Over here, let me out.

No.

Give me the keys!

No, no, too violent.

Take me!

Sloppy, too stupid.

Too...ambitious.

You.

I love your work.

Big future.

Hey, be careful.

There's liable to be aftershocks.

Oh, I'm counting on it.

[Alarm continues]


Arrow
Season 2 Episode 07
State v. Queen
Original Air Date on November 20, 2013


[Reporters shouting questions]

Mr. Queen, what are your mother's chances?

Is she on suicide watch?

Mr. Queen, can you give us any comment?

It's not fair.

They're not the ones on trial.

That won't stop Jean Loring from using them as props to drum up sympathy.

You don't seem overly concerned.

She confessed to being an accomplice on live television.

She also said that Malcolm Merlyn coerced here.

You have something, don't you?

I thought I was your co-counsel, Adam.

If you're holding a trump card, don't you think maybe you should share it with me?

It's going to be a good trial.

Come on, let's get inside.

[Reporters shouting questions]

Oliver: You don't have to do this.

Ivo says we do.

Your friends are a danger to his men.

Go.

Quick and quiet.

Slade! Shado! Run!

There's no one here.

They must have moved on from their position.

Chargers are placed.

Here's the detonator.

Make sure they have no place to return to.

Go.

And you.

Now you're going to take us to the graves.

Let's go. Get him up.

Let's get clear.

[Alarm sounding]

Did you find the detonator?

Yes.

[Exhales]

We were lucky.

I was lucky.

You were good.

Either way...

They have Oliver.

I'm going after him.

Not alone.

You can barely walk.

[Coughs] All the more reason not to stay here.

Give them another chance at blowing me up.

[Reporters shouting questions]

Diggle: Are you two ok?

I should be asking you that question.

I'll be fine.

You look like you have the flu.

If that's true, I shouldn't have wasted my time getting vaccinated.

Diggle, whatever it is, just go home.

Oliver, listen, I can take care of things.

No, we'll be fine, all right? Go rest.

And don't make me call a cop.

There are a few of them around here.

[Indistinct chatter]

[Handcuffs click]

...have been complicit in an undertaking with one horrible purpose-- to destroy the Glades and everyone in it.

And it worked.

The Glades were destroyed.

Homes and lives were lost.

All because of her actions.

True, she had second thoughts; Remorse which compelled her to deliver this statement.

But on behalf of the 503 lives that were extinguished that day, I say, Moira Queen, your remorse comes too late.

For the last five years, under the threat for my life and the lives of my family...

Why wouldn't those threats silence her?

Why wouldn't Moira Queen be terrified?

Malcolm Merlyn killed her first husband, abducted her second.

Why wouldn't she be in fear for her life?

For the lives of her children?

What would you do?

If it were your children in the crosshairs of a mad man's rage?

Reporter: S.T.A.R. Lab's particle accelerator will be turned on right on schedule.

In other news, we have just received word that both sides have now completed their opening statements in the Moira Queen trial.

Don't take this the wrong way, but you look disgusting.

Yeah, well, I don't feel great, Felicity.

Is there a right way to take that?

You should go home.

I am going.

I just need to make arrangements for a replacement bodyguard.

Did you get the flu shot?

Personally, I never do.

I know that I should.

I just, I have this thing about needles.

All pointy things, really.

Which is ironic, considering who we work with.

Yeah, it's not the flu, Felicity, it's more like...

Dig!

Hello?

Are you here?

The Count: Here...there... everywhere.

So.

How goes our little science project?

Working like you said it would.

How wonderful.

Ah, so listen.

Doing the thing was 50,000.

Keeping quiet about it, I'm thinking it should be 50 more.

Hmm.

Oh, I want word to spread.

It's kind of the whole objective, actually.

You see my point?

[Groaning]

You should know, I find post hoc negotiation... distasteful.

Ahh.

Such a shame you won't get to see what your works have wrought, doctor.

But soon, everyone else will.

And they'll beg for it to end.

[Diggle groaning]

What the hell are you doing here?

I heard you passed out.

I told Felicity not to call you.

Yeah, but before that, you said "gaw" and "thud," so I didn't take it very seriously.

She was right to call me. Diggle, you need medical attention.

He needs more than that.

When Dig passed out, I sent a sample of his blood to a chemist I know at QC.

The guy owes me a favor.

Long story, I fixed his parking ticket.

Huh. I guess it's not that long.

Felicity.

The blood sample.

Yeah. It came back positive-- for trace amounts of Vertigo.

I never used Vertigo before in my life.

You were exposed to it somehow.

Vertigo's in play again?

When the Count recovered from his OD on Vertigo, he was sent to Iron Heights.

That got hit in the quake.

He got out the same way the Doll Maker did?

And just like with the Doll Maker, prison officials worked overtime to keep the lid on the escape.

I know what you're thinking.

No, you don't.

I made a choice not to put an arrow in this guy.

And it was the right choice.

There's no more killing.

I worked this up to counteract the effects of Vertigo.

Give it to Diggle. I...

I need to get back to court.

While I'm gone, just work up whatever you can and figure out how Diggle got Vertigo in his system without his knowledge.

Ok. Go.

When was the first time you heard about this so-called Undertaking?

When everyone else did, when my mother gave the press conference.

Doesn't seem like you took it too well.

I was surprised.

Who wouldn't be?

[Clears throat]

Uh, your mother was, um, immediately take into custody, but I assume you went down to the precinct to see her?

Um, actually I didn't see her until she was moved.

To the prison.

Do you remember when you visited her?

Uh, not the exact date.

It's ok, I have the visitor log here.

October ninth.

Five months later.

Why so long?

Um, I--I...

Are you ok?

An answer, please.

Why did it take you five months to visit your mother?

Your Honor, if I...

No.

I want to hear this.

I needed time.

I was...

Angry. So angry, perhaps, that it took you five months to forgive her?

It was complicated.

No. It's very simple.

You blamed your mother for what she had done.

So why shouldn't the jury?

Your Honor, we have no further questions for the...witness.

Adam!

Where is it?

Come on, where is it?!

The Hosen, where is it?

What?

The arrowhead.

Every report said it was with these bodies.

You said you and your friends were here.

Now, where is it?

Take him outside.

Make him show you where his friends are hiding.

[Grunting and groaning]

Take us to them.

I don't know where they are!

Oww!

Tell me, or you lose your hand.

Shado: Let us suggest another option.

You hand the kid over to us, and we don't kill you all.

Hey, are you ok?

Don't worry about me.

I can take it.

[Ambulance engine starts]

[Siren]

Was that as bad as it seemed?

Thea's testimony?

It was a set-back.

We were counting on her to--

Humanize me.

Frankly, yes.

And now we're going to have to go another way.

No. No, I told you, I won't testify.

I know you did.

But now you have to.

She's right, Mom.

Jean, can you give us a minute?

Yeah.

I know what you're going to say.

But if I testify, it will destroy our family.

And if your lawyer's right, you don't have a choice.

Mom, secrets are what put you in this situation.

Secrets and lies.

And now it is time to give the truth its day.

Now, I don't want us to lose sight of the other major event in court today.

Was there any indication of Adam Donner being ill?

No, there was very little warning before Mr. Donner collapsed to the ground.

I've spoken to several people that were in the courtroom with me...

How are you feeling?

Fine.

You have a lousy poker face, Diggle.

Did he take the antidote?

Didn't work.

The Count must have futzed with his recipe.

Heard what happened with Donner at the court, and with Thea.

How is she?

Going to be fine.

Your poker face isn't much better than mine, Oliver.

[Static]

Hello, Starling City.

Felicity!

Miss me?

Many of you have noticed that you're not feeling quite like yourselves...

He's taken over all the local station feeds.

Track his signal.

Like our good assistant district attorney here.

You might recognize him from his work in the ongoing Moira Queen trial.

Hi, Adam.

What do you want?

I want what you want.

For you to feel better.

Go to hell!

I do think you want the pain to end, and I can do that...

With Vertigo.

It's what all of your bodies crave.

Fortunately, the power of relief is right here.

And all you have to do is go to your friendly neighborhood Vertigo dealer and request the cure.

Simply supply and demand at work.

Now, tell me you want this and it's yours.

All the pain will just...disappear.

Say it.

Say...

You want it.

[Shuddering]

I-I--want--I want it.

You see...a simple solution.

I'm Count Vertigo, and I approve this high.

What do we do now?

We find him...

And we shut him down.

Where did he broadcast from?

He bounced the signal off of S.T.A.R. Lab's satellite.

He could have sent that transmission from Markovia.

He would want to stay local.

Scrub the footage, frame by frame if you have to.

There's something on here that gives us a clue to where he is.

If he dosed the whole city, why are only some people showing symptoms?

Maybe exposure was selective.

The Count contaminated something that only certain people, like you and Donner, consumed.

A most dramatic turn.

City officials are urging calm, hoping to avoid widespread panic.

Deputy Mayor Levitz has...

The Count has turned Starling into a city of junkies.

Any leads on where he's holding ADA Donner?

Hmm, no. As cold as it sounds, I've got other concerns.

Laurel?

Adam's trial notes are very thorough.

They better be.

You're lead counsel now.

Ms. Spencer, you're the district attorney.

Yes, but you're the one that the jury knows.

You'll do fine, Laurel.

I know.

I just found Adam's trump card.

♪ Sneaking cigarettes at lunchtime ♪
♪ sun feels safe ♪

[song continues]

Sorry, I didn't hear you walk up.

I just want to be left alone.

Well, too bad that's not an option for you.

But maybe I know something that is.

[Sighs]

Hit me.

What?

[Chuckles]

You wonder why I used to go out at night looking to throw down with bad guys.

Part of it was to help the city.

And the other part was to help me.

Getting tuned up by street thugs helped you?

Yeah, well, I gave as good as I got.

There we go.

When I would throw a punch, I'd be so angry.

I'd feel this heat rising inside of me, in my jaw. In my chest.

And my fists.

But it needed somewhere to go.

Come on.

Thea, you're angry.

At your mother, the D.A., yourself, maybe.

But that anger is going to chew up your insides if you don't let it out.

I'm not going to hit you, Roy.

Try.

Try!

I said hit me, right? 'Cause that felt like-- that didn't really feel like anything.

Better. But keep your wrists straight.

Don't just use your arm.

Put your entire body into it.

Come on, again.

[Groaning and grunting]

At least let me call Lyla.

All she could do is worry about me.


I found something.

I don't see anything.

Because you have to see what Donner does.

His eye caught a reflection.

Can you enhance?

It hurts me that you feel a need to ask.

What are those, wings?

It's the city seal.

Starling Municipal Records department.

That building's been abandoned since the city went to digital.

Dollars to donuts, that's where is operating out of.

Not for long.

You shouldn't be here.

My attorney needs...

Moira.

I know I could be disbarred for speaking with you, but this isn't something for lawyers.

This is a family matter.

Jean told me she's calling you to the stand tomorrow.

Yes.

You can't testify.

Well.

The fact that you don't want me to, Laurel, is a good indication that I should.

If you take the stand, I'll have to cross examine you, and I'll have to do it to the best of my ability.

Yes, I understand.

No, I don't think you do.

Forget about what this will do to Oliver and Thea.

It also could undermine your entire case.

So, Moira, please.

Please.

Don't make me use this.

Everything is at stake for you.

And I don't want to be the one to take it all away.

Faster, please.

Faster! We have a city full of customers.

And I mean this literally.

I'm afraid my production apparatus is a little over-taxed with the increased demand.

I can live with it, though.

I can't say the city can.

Go.

Be still, my heart.

Oliver, voice disguised: Step away from them.

Yes, I've heard you've developed an allergy to killing.

Do it!

Or what?

You'll kill me?

[All grunting]

You're really on the no killing wagon?

Shame.

Really letting one of life's true pleasures pass you by.

But you said you didn't want to testify.

But you have to.

Because of me.

No.

You have to do damage control.

None of this is your fault.

We're here because of what I did.

Now, you both know the truth, but you don't know all of it.

Laurel does.

What does she have?

You shouldn't have to find this out in court.

Find out what?

Years ago... it was many years ago...

Your father was engaging in his-- his extramarital activities.

And I had a moment of weakness.

I cheated on him.

With Malcolm Merlyn.

Thea: No.

No, I--

I asked you about this.

Last year.

You said that there was nothing between you two!

There wasn't.

Sweetheart, it wasn't an affair.

It was very brief, and a long time ago.

And despite it, you remained friends with Mr. Merlyn.

In fact, he frequently attended parties at your home.

He was my husband's best friend until Malcolm killed him.

And this is why you claimed to feel as though you were in fear for your life and the lives of your children?

Well, I think it's a fairly compelling reason.

Last year, your second husband, Walter Steel, was abducted by Mr. Merlyn, is that correct?

Yes. So you see.

Why didn't Merlyn kill Walter, the same as your first husband?

I convinced Malcolm not to.

And Malcolm listened to you.

Your friend spared Walter's life, and yet, you'd have this jury believing that you and your children were in danger?

We were. I was afraid--

Afraid of getting caught.

Despite whatever youthful mistakes I might have made, Malcolm Merlyn was a dangerous man.

To other people.

But the only person who truly posed a danger to Moira Queen and her family was Moira Queen.

Hey.

Ok, if you want to attack me, go right ahead.

But you should know that you're not going to say anything that I haven't already said to myself.

Whoa. I know that was difficult for you, and I just want to make sure that you're ok.

No, no.

I don't understand how you can forgive me after what I just did in there.

I don't understand how anyone could.

So, obviously you three took the Hosen out of this cave.

Lift him up.

Now I know he doesn't have it, which means one of you two does.

Give it to me, and we'll discuss an exchange.

We don't know what you're talking about.

Give us Oliver, and we'll leave you alone to look for it.

Aah!

Anybody else want to be stupid?

Hey. Hey!

Fine.

Take 'em.

Cut him loose.

What are you doing?!

[Gunshots]

We have to keep moving, they're following us!

Obviously we're continuing to monitor both of these major stories in what has become a significant news day here in Starling.

What can you tell us about--

Oliver's going to be pretty wrapped up with his mother.

You making any process on how The Count's getting Vertigo into people's systems?

Not much.

Each dot is the home of somebody with withdrawal symptoms.

That seems pretty random.

That's because it's very random.

Ok.

What if people weren't exposed at home; what if they got dosed at work?

Can you do this by their employment addresses?

I'm really starting to wonder what it would take to impress you guys.

[Computer beeps]

It's a trail.

A path through the city.

Any place you've been?

59th and Dell, that's where I got my flu shot.

You got your vaccination from one of those trucks, right?

One of those roving flu trucks?

The route.

It's a flu vaccination tour.

A truck sent out by Starling City Mobile Care.

I got addicted after one injection?

That can happen?

Sure. Try heroin some time.

Not try...Try.

All right, where's the truck now?

Downtown.

What do you think?

Call Oliver?

No, no, he's busy with his family. I'll go.

Yeah, no. That's not happening.

I'll go.

Felicity, it's too dangerous.

It could turn out to be nothing.

If it's not, I'll call.

...courtroom drama you've just witnessed?

Bethany, no one expected the turn that testimony took.

A revelation that Moira Queen once had an affair with Malcolm Merlyn became the sole focus of the prosecution's cross.

Hello?

Anybody home?

Vertigo. Got ya.

Funny, eh?

You took the words right out of my mouth.

Thea?

Can we call it a night?

Jury just signaled that they could have a verdict.

Judge will not send them home.

He wants to get this over with.

Line forms behind me.

A verdict that quickly is bad, isn't it?

I think the two of you should prepare for the worst.

[Cell phone vibrating]

Excuse me.

Felicity...

The Count: Oliver.

Is it ok if I call you Oliver?

Surprised to hear from me, right?

Not as surprised as I was.

You see, I find this not unattractive blonde, getting all up in my business.

And what does she have on her?

A Queen Consolidated I.D. badge.

Now, I think to myself, why does that name ring a bell?

Oliver Queen.

He tried to buy off me last year, just before the hood put me in a padded cell.

Ipso facto, Arrow.

Where are you going?!

Oh...

Something's come up at the office.

Ollie, the jury!

I have to go.

Pretty swanky offices.

You can see all the destruction that your mom caused from up here.

What do you want?

World peace and personal satisfaction.

Though not necessarily in that order.

You poisoned me and put me in a hole.

You have no idea how much I hated you for that.

Turns out, someone else hates you, too.

Who?

Who? [Chuckles]

Oh, you're going to be surprised when you find out.

He's a man of means.

Set me up with my new operation so I could draw you out.

To do what?

This.

You're going to have to try harder.

Done!

Come on!

So now we move on to plan B.

Oliver, don't!

Not for me!

Quiet, please.

I'm threatening.

Lower your bow.

Your problem is with me.

It's not with her.

Well, then, consider this your penalty for making me go to plan B in the first place.

Hey. Hey.

Hey, shh, shh.

It's all right.

You're safe.

Oh, you were shot.

Hey.

It's nothing.

[Sirens approaching]

Any news?

Where have you been?

Something... happened at Queen Consolidated.

You will see it on the news later.

Just don't worry about it.

What would you have done if there'd been a verdict?

Thea...

I don't know.

Are you ok?

Hey.

Jury's back.

Come on.

I have received a note that the jury has arrived at a verdict.

Please publish the verdict.

In the superior court of Star county state versus Moira Queen verdict...

On one count of conspiracy in the first degree, the defendant is found not guilty.

On the 503 counts of murder in the first degree, the defendant is found...

Not guilty.

[All murmuring]

Mom.

I love you both so much.

[All murmuring]

A stunning result, as Moira Queen is acquitted of all charges.

In a day that's provided a week's worth of shocks and legal twists, many had pronounced this case a done deal.

Congratulations. Is that appropriate?

She should have lost.

She should have been convicted.

Did you want her to be?

I expected her to be.

Verdict doesn't make sense.

Still, your mom must be thrilled. Beyond.

It's more like shock, I think.

They're processing her now.

I just wanted to check in on you.

And you.

I'm feeling better.

And, with the Vertigo tainted vaccine, Queen Consolidated's Applied Sciences Division was able to formulate a non-addictive treatment.

Good.

I need to meet my family at home.

So you guys go home, get rest.

Good night.

Good night.

Oliver. I, uh...

I just wanted to say thank you.

Yeah.

And I'm sorry.

For what?

I got myself into trouble again, and you... killed him.

You killed again, and I am sorry that I was the one to put you in a position where you had to make that kind of choice.

Felicity...

He had you, and he was going to hurt you.

There was no choice to make.

Why did you do that?!

Because you stopped the captain from killing me.

Thank you for coming.

Shado, he doesn't look too good.

Shado: He's not.

Who's this?

It's complicated.

That Hosen thing they're looking for is back on the plane.

No, I've got it.

It has a Buddhist inscription on one side.

It reminded me of my father.

I'm pretty sure they aren't interested in Buddhism.

What's on the other side?

30-30-175-12.

Ok, numbers, what...

Coordinates.

To what?

A Kairyu-class Japanese submarine which ran aground here during World War II.

What do these guys want with a 70 year old sub?

The sub isn't important, but what's on it...

It'll save the human race.

Will it save him?

Well, you survived your own stupidity, congratulations.

You know...

I needed you to deal with any resistance that I encountered on the island.

I got to say, you've done a fairly lousy job of that.

Congratulations.

You're the new captain.

[Knock on door]

I arranged for The Count to take out the Arrow, and all I accomplish is reigniting the vigilante's killing spree.

Sir, there's been a development.

Brother Cyrus...

How do you feel?

Stronger.

Good.

Then you're ready.

[Reporters shouting questions]

Mrs. Queen, how does it feel to get away with murder?

Once you go out back, there's a car waiting for you.

Did you kill your first husband?

Just keep going.

Obviously Mrs. Queen is overjoyed that the jury has ruled that she was acting under terrible duress.

Reporter: Can you give us anything else?

This way, Mrs. Queen.

The freeway will be quicker.

Driver: I'm sorry, Mrs. Queen.

I was instructed not to take you home.

Not yet.

Where are we?

I-I don't know this place.

I've got her, sir.

Hello, Moira.

[Stammering]

They said you were dead!

There are parts of the world where death is an illusion.

I've been to one.

I learned to be very convincing.

But I returned because you needed my help.

[Gasping]

Help?

With your trial.

You didn't think that jury acquitted you without a little persuasion?

Dear God.

What do you want, Malcolm?

I still have resources in Starling.

Associates.

[Chuckles]

Including one in the D.A.'s office.

I followed Mr. Donner's investigation of you with interest.

The ease with which you lied about us for years, it made me wonder whether you lied to me No. No.

It was a matter of a simple surreptitious genetics test to confirm my suspicion.

Don't.

Imagine my joy at learning that Thea is my daughter.